I watched the episode “Omnishambles” of QI XL on BBC Two tonight. This was the recording I went to The London Studios in Waterloo, Central London to see last May.
It was the last show to be recorded – but not the last in the series to be shown; there are still three more episodes to come. The guests accompanying host Sandi Toksvig and regular Alan Davies were Stephen K. Amos, Cally Beaton and Josh Widdicombe. Josh had been on the show several times before but the other two were new – so not one but two debutants on the show, amazing.
The best thing on this episode is undoubtedly something called the “Dutch reach” – the name given to how people in the Netherlands and Belgium open their car doors, namely with the further hand. Such a manoeuvre forces the person opening the door to look out for any passing cyclist or pedestrian who may be in danger of being hit by the opening door. As cyclist myself, I have never been the victim of “dooring” – but I have almost been a witness to a dooring accident once. I was a volunteer at The Mill at that time – and I was probably sitting at the reception desk when I heard a commotion outside. A motorist had opened a car door without looking behind, and a cyclist had been hit. I would never want to be perpetrator or victim in any such incident.